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ERIC Number: ED599470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019-May
Pages: 50
Abstractor: ERIC
Reimagining American History Education
Lewer, Brittney
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
The report looks to the future of American history education. The report grows out of national and state polls that the Foundation conducted in late 2018 on Americans' knowledge of the history of their country. The Foundation's initial poll found that two out of three Americans were incapable of passing the U.S. citizenship test and led the Foundation to conduct a study of American history education--what it is and what it should become. This report examines current practice in teaching American history, discusses the research on the most effective ways to learn American history, describes outstanding programs that incorporate these approaches, and announces a new Woodrow Wilson initiative that seeks to apply the research to bolster the teaching and learning of American history across the country. The Foundation is undertaking this initiative in the belief that knowledge of American history is essential to: (1) establishing the engaged and informed citizenry needed to preserve a democratic society; (2) reestablishing the common bonds that all Americans share in a time of deep national political, economic, and social divisions in which Americans' differences overshadow our commonalities; (3) understanding the past in a time of profound, continuing, and accelerating change in order to make sense of a chaotic present and inchoate future, as history is both an anchor in a time when change assails us and a laboratory for studying the changes that are occurring; and (4) educating a generation of Americans who think like historians, who know how to ask questions about the present and future rooted in the past, and to marshal the data to answer those questions.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York); United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Advanced Placement Examinations (CEEB)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A